Ghost ship Review and Opinion

2018/12/17

Ghost Ship (2002)
Director: Steve Beck

review by Gary Couzens

In the early 1960s, the passengers on board the glamorous cruise liner Antonio Graza die a gruesome death by means of a steel cable. In the present day, a salvage crew led by Captain Murphy (Gabriel Byrne) and owner/crewmember Maureen Epps (Julianna Margulies) are approached by a young man

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Chesley awards Review and Opinion

2016/03/12

The Chesley Awards: A Retrospective
John Grant, Elizabeth Humphrey, and Pamela D. Scoville
Artists and Photographers Press Ltd (AAPPL) hardcover £30

review by Tony Lee

Since 1985, members of the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA) have voted each year to award the 'Chesleys' - named after space art pioneer Chesley Bonestell -

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Medium Review and Opinion

2016/12/19

Medium (2005)
Creator: Glenn Gordon Caron

review by Eric Turowski

Patricia Arquette stars as real-life psychic Allison Dubois (who acts as consultant) in Medium, a new spook-fest on NBC Monday nights at 10 p.m. Allison talks to the dead, and sees murders in her dreams, then must try to dig up evidence against killers in the real world. Conversely

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Dressing a galaxy: the costumes of star wars Review and Opinion

2016/02/03

Dressing A Galaxy: The Costumes Of Star Wars
Trisha Biggar
InsightEditions / Harry N. Abrams hardcover $50

review by Amy Harlib

Born in Scotland with training and experience gained in the UK, costume designer Trisha Biggar, with a preface by George Lucas and a foreword by Rick McCallum, pens the text for Dressing A Galaxy: The Costumes Of Star Wars

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Deceiving eye, art of richard hescox Review and Opinion

2016/02/14

The Deceiving Eye: The Art Of Richard Hescox
Randy M. Dannenfelser
Paper Tiger hardcover £20

review by Tony Lee

American illustrator Richard Hescox is not a fan of modernism or wholly abstract art. He prefers even surreal and impressionist paintings that successfully communicate a largely unambiguous message to the viewer. This first-ever collection

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Witch of ravensworth Review and Opinion

2015/05/02

The Witch Of Ravensworth
George Brewer
Valancourt paperback $14.95

review by Mario Guslandi

If you're a fan of Gothic fiction you probably have a bit of a problem. You read and loved The Castle Of Otranto, The Monk, The Italian, The Mysteries Of Udolpho, Frankenstein

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Firing the cathedral by michael moorcock Review and Opinion

2019/01/09

Firing The Cathedral
Michael Moorcock
PS Publishing paperback £8

review by Patrick Hudson

Jerry Cornelius is something of an icon for a certain era of British SF. He made his first appearance in 1968 in The Final Programme, combining the action movie thrills of James Bond with the hipster

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Sky is not the limit Review and Opinion

2018/04/12

The Sky Is Not The Limit: Adventures Of An Urban Astrophysicist
Neil de Grasse Tyson
Prometheus paperback $18

review by Amy Harlib

The youngest ever Director of the famous Hayden Planetarium in New York City, astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson (b. 1958), author of numerous academic papers and several books in his field for intelligent laypersons,

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Chroicles of riddick: dark fury Review and Opinion

2017/07/10

Chronicles Of Riddick: Dark Fury (2004)
Director: Peter Chung

review by Debbie Moon

After the events of science fictional horror Pitch Black, escaped convict Riddick is on the run with a slightly bewildered holy man and a girl called Jack. When a massive ship picks them up, Riddick suspects

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Pattern recognition by william gibson Review and Opinion

2018/07/11

Pattern Recognition
William Gibson
Penguin / Viking hardcover £16.99

review by Christopher Geary

Cayce Pollard is an American consultant to a corporate ad agency, advising designers on promising trends, emergent fads and marketing strategies. She has a gift for knowing what's cool and what's naff on the street, whether browsing the subculture of New

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Nosferatu the vampyre Review and Opinion

2018/07/26

Nosferatu The Vampyre (1979)
Director: Werner Herzog

review by Tony Lee

There is no doubt that F.W. Murnau's unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula novel, the ill-fated Nosferatu - A Symphony Of Horror (1921), is one of the greatest genre films of the silent era, as prominent in its way as The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari (1919

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All star superman Review and Opinion

2016/04/14

All Star Superman vol.1
Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely
DC Comics / Titan hardcover $19.95 / £11.99

review by Patrick Hudson

As the very first superhero, Superman defined the entire genre. The whole over-familiar superhero routine - the secret identity, the love triangle with his alter ego, the pure-hearted motivations and the underwear pervert fashion

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Lucifer's dragon Review and Opinion

2018/09/15

Lucifer's Dragon
Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Pocket paperback £6.99

review by Patrick Hudson

Lucifer's Dragon is the story of NewVenice, which sits in the Pacific Ocean midway between Hawaii and Taiwan on bio-engineered coral and the rusting hulks of decommissioned tankers, whalers and container ships. It is a recreation of the great renaissance

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Dark heavens Review and Opinion

2019/02/27

Dark Heavens
Roger Levy
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Tony Lee

This sequel to Reckless Sleep gets off to a cracking start with a disturbing scene of clinical, yet nonetheless horrific, loss of life. It's shocking because the apparent slaughter of so many innocents is not a crime, the British government condones it. London detective Cy Auger

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Mind game Review and Opinion

2016/12/12

Mind Game (2005)
Director: Masaaki Yuasa

review by Amy Harlib

The 2005 New York Asian Film Festival, 17 June to 2 July, offered a special treat: the international premiere of a new animated Japanese feature from the prominent, up and coming, independent Studio 4 degrees C (boasting the recent Steamboy and

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Aliens: why they are here Review and Opinion

2016/04/26

Aliens: Why They Are Here
Bryan Appleyard
Scribner hardcover £15.99

review by Tony Lee

Unlike the vast majority of UFOlogy books, Bryan Appleyard's polemical text Aliens is more concerned with examining the psychosocial underpinnings of the 'flying saucer' phenomenon than simply collating UFO sightings or documenting reported abductions. Although

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Cradle of fear Review and Opinion

2017/07/25

Cradle Of Fear (2001)
Director: Alex Chandon

review by Christopher Geary

"What the fuck have I done to deserve this?" exclaims dogged Detective Inspector Neilson (Edmund Dehn), when he arrives at the scene of... yet another... murder. After two hours of this film's uneven narrative style, cringe-worthy performances from inexcusably bad actors in underwritten

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Originals by dave gibbons Review and Opinion

2015/08/27

The Originals
Dave Gibbons
Vertigo / Titan graphic novel £17.99

review by Steve Aylett

For some reason I expected this to be a sort of Invisibles take-off, but in fact it's an alternative-universe Mod story in which the 'Originals' gang of the title ride around on hover-bikes instead of Vespas. There are no surprises in the story itself, a coming

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Blade 2 Review and Opinion

2019/06/08

Blade II (2002)
Director: Guillermo Del Toro

review by Christopher Geary

Stephen Norrington's Blade (1998) was an enjoyable slice of vampire slaying action with high levels of martial arts and splashy gore, and a scattering of digital illusions, based on a comic-book series. This overdue sequel marks the return of vengeful hero, Blade - alias

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Game players of titan Review and Opinion

2015/12/27

The Game Players Of Titan
Philip K. Dick
Voyager Classics paperback £7.99

review by Mike Philbin

Synopsis:(from philipkdick.com)
Poor Pete Garden has just lost Berkeley. He's also lost his wife, but he'll get a new one as soon as he rolls a three

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Court of the midnight king Review and Opinion

2019/04/19

The Court Of The Midnight King
Freda Warrington
Pocket paperback £7.99

review by Patrick Hudson

This book retells the story of the Wars of the Roses (the English wars of succession between 1432 and 1485, not the film with Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner) with a touch of added mysticism, in the style of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists Of Avalon

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Cube, hypercube Review and Opinion

2018/11/18

Cube (1998)
Director: Vincenzo Natali

review by Steven Hampton

The Hellraiser movies feature a puzzle box that opened a door to hell. This superb low-budget Canadian SF mystery thriller puts a mixed group of six protagonists inside a huge maze of interlinked yet mobile rooms, some of which have lethal traps.
   Who are these people? Why are

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Queen of the damned Review and Opinion

2018/06/12

Queen Of The Damned (2002)
Director: Michael Rymer

review by Jen Johnston

Vampire movies in general scare me to death. I tend to avoid them like the plague as my personal idea of a good time at the movies does not involve total cardiac arrest. There are times when I'll make exceptions. I went to see Shadow Of A Vampire because John Malkovich is

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Faq: frequently asked questions Review and Opinion

2017/05/06

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions (2004)
Writer and director: Carlos Atanes

review by Paul Higson

Before Star Wars, before the space opera overcame, there was an exciting and obscure strand of science fiction. Much of it rose out of Europe, particularly France, and stayed there, largely overlooked, surreal, pretentious or intelligent but distant

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Mummy returns Review and Opinion

2016/11/30

The Mummy Returns (2001)
Writer and director Stephen Sommers

review by Amy Harlib

Sequel to The Mummy (1999), The Mummy Returns embodies that familiar Hollywood phenomenon of cashing in on a good thing by trying to up the ante with more, bigger and louder of the same. This is not entirely

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Ghost Rider Review and Opinion

2017/04/17

Ghost Rider (2007)
writer and director: Mark Steven Johnson

review by Tony Lee

If there's a serious problem with this adaptation of the popular Marvel comic, it's simply that director Mark Steven Johnson (the maker of Daredevil) attempts too many things at once. Ghost Rider aims to be

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Scooby doo 2: monsters unleashed Review and Opinion

2016/09/16

Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)
Director: Raja Gosnell

review by Eric Turowski

I'm a fan, and I still do the 'Doo' when I see a rerun of the old cartoon (the original, mind you, "Scooby Doo, where are you!?" not the ones with the horrendous Scrappy, the new ones with real monsters, or even the 'movies' with special guest stars like Phyllis Diller

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Fall of the louse of usher Review and Opinion

2018/09/16

The Fall Of The Louse Of Usher (2001)
Director: Ken Russell
   [no star rating]
review by Paul Higson

The Fall Of The Louse of Usher is a surprisingly rare attempt to, primarily, aggravate the viewer with the unabashed shoddiness of it all. Constructive criticism to a 75-year-old filmmaker

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Mary and the giant by philip k dick Review and Opinion

2015/10/01

Mary And The Giant
Philip K. Dick
Gollancz paperback £7.99

review by Mike Philbin

Mary Ann Reynolds is just emerging from her chrysalis of childhood to face the reality of 1950s' California. Her home is Pacific Park, a sleepy town in the middle of nowhere. Her new acquaintances, Joseph Schilling who owns the new record store, Paul Nitz who plays piano

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Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy Review and Opinion

2018/11/26

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (1981)
Director: Alan J.W. Bell

review by Steven Hampton

Despite his lowly socio-economic status, sourpuss demeanour, and complete lack of sartorial refinement, Arthur Dent (Simon Jones) is very much the everyman cousin of sci-fi heroes Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers. Like Flash Gordon before him, Arthur

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Dagon Review and Opinion

2019/04/08

Dagon (2001)
Director: Stuart Gordon

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

When Stuart Gordon made Re-Animator, he selected the ideal candidate for his style of gore and humour driven storytelling. As a result, even Lovecraft purists (myself included) found the proceedings perfectly reflected the overall

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Tatja grimm's world Review and Opinion

2015/06/03

Tatja Grimm's World
Vernor Vinge
Tor paperback $14.94

review by Duncan lawie

The key to Tatja Grimm's World, as an object, is on the copyright page. It is a classic science fiction fix-up, with the central section first published in 1968 and the third - and largest - part joined to it for a 1969 book publication. The first section, originally

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Save the green planet Review and Opinion

2016/08/02

Save The Green Planet (2004)
Writer and director: Jeong Jun-hwan

review by Steven HamptonSpoiler Alert!The DVD box artwork of this crazy Korean black-comedy SF is proudly adorned with The Times' critical assessment: "as bonkers as anything" and, of course, it's hard not to admire the sheer nerve of

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Superman: for tomorrow Review and Opinion

2015/06/08

Superman: For Tomorrow - volume one
Brian Azzarello and Jim Lee
DC Comics / Titan graphic novel £8.99

review by J.C. Hartley

This graphic novel (first published in 2004 as Superman #204 - 209) points up some of the current thinking about the character as you would expect from such a prestigious creative team.

I first became aware of

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Atlantis Review and Opinion

2019/06/28

Atlantis - The Lost Empire (2001)
Directors Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise

review by Michael Lohr

Although this movie was utterly pounded by Shrek at the box office, it is still a wonderfully entertaining movie that both children and adults will enjoy. Atlantis: The Lost Empire uses mainly traditional animation in its production, but does

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Red dragon Review and Opinion

2018/06/03

Red Dragon (2002)
Director: Brett Ratner

review by Tony Lee

Best viewed as a prequel to Silence Of The Lambs (1991), rather than an unnecessary remake of Manhunter (1986), this new adaptation of Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon lacks the cool style of Michael Mann's earlier version, opting for a less techno-fetishistic appeal and

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Immortal Review and Opinion

2017/03/01

Immortal (2004)
Director: Enki Bilal

review by Jonathan McCalmont

It's not uncommon for big screen adaptations of books and comics to be criticised for their failure to really do the source material justice. For every Sin City that perfectly captures the lowbrow violence and misogyny

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Alsiso project Review and Opinion

2019/07/17

The Alsiso Project
editor: Andrew Hook
Elastic Press paperback £6

review by Christopher Geary

An anthology with a difference, this intriguingly titled volume is not centred on a single genre trope or particular theme, it's a bundle of short fiction that's all inspired by a typo! Yes, the nonsense-word 'alsiso' (attributed to Marion Arnott), is used

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Little people by tom holt Review and Opinion

2018/09/29

Little People
Tom Holt
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Little People is narrated by Mike Higgins, who first saw an elf at the bottom of the garden when he was eight. The strength of his stepfather's abhorrence makes him sure that what he saw was both real and unmentionable. Combined with his stepfather's eternal disapproval and

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Identity Review and Opinion

2018/11/16

Identity (2003)
Director: James Mangold

review by Paul Higson

Advance publicity came late in the form of a quick set of atmospheric downpour rain scenes, the usual selective interviews and repeated mention of a super twist in the tale, a secret to be kept. The title of James Mangold's horror film was too big a final clue, a giveaway to an old hand like

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Mad professor by rudy rucker Review and Opinion

2015/10/03

Mad Professor
Rudy Rucker
Thunder's Mouth paperback $15.95

review by Jim Steel

This collection is subtitled The Uncollected Short Stories Of Rudy Rucker, to which the obvious comeback is - well, they're collected now! Although four of the stories were published in 2006 (and some of

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Dark duets: musical mayhem Review and Opinion

2016/02/21

Dark Duets: Musical Mayhem
Michael McCarty and others
Wildside paperback $15

review by Debbie Moon

This volume is a collection of 15 collaborations between Michael McCarty and various other American horror writers, almost every story a new pairing of creative minds. Despite kicking off in fine style (alongside Mark McLaughlin) with Sex, Drugs &

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Shriek by jeff vandermeer Review and Opinion

2015/07/05

Shriek: An Afterword
Jeff Vandermeer
Macmillan paperback £10.99

review by David Hebblethwaite

This novel marks a return to 'Ambergris', the setting of Jeff Vandermeer's story collection City Of Saints And Madmen(though you don't need to have read it to understand and enjoy Shriek

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Top 10: beyond the farthest precinct Review and Opinion

2015/05/27

Top 10: Beyond The Farthest Precinct
Paul Di Filippo and Jerry Ordway
America's Best Comics / Titan paperback £9.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Top 10 is the creation of Alan Moore and Gene Ha. They began the series with multiple plotlines stretching in all directions, publishing two volumes,

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Hard candy Review and Opinion

2017/04/01

Hard Candy (2006)
Director: David Slade

review by Paul Higson

Risky territory is dipped into with comparative reserve in David Slade's Hard Candy as a paedophile and a girl respectively groom one other as potential victims. Bold and dangerous as the subject matter might still be, don't get carried away with the reports of blood, torture and the

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Bourne legacy Review and Opinion

2019/06/02

The Bourne Legacy
Eric Van Lustbader
Orion hardcover £17.99

review by Cristopher Hennessey-DeRose

There will always be a need from fans of Robert Ludlum's masterful thrillers for more, specifically with what is arguably his most popular and compelling character, Jason Bourne. Author Eric Van Lustbader

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Twins effect Review and Opinion

2018/01/20

The Twins Effect (2003)
Director: Dante Lam

review by Christopher Geary

Expert slayer Reeve (Ekin Cheng, The Avenging Fist, A Man Called Hero), of the Anti-Vampire League, loses his fighting partner

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Brendan connell Review and Opinion

2016/04/05

The Translation Of Father Torturo
Brendan Connell
Prime paperback $17.95

Dr Black And The Guerrillia
Brendan Connell
Grafitisk hardcover $20

reviews by David Hebblethwaite

My first real encounter with Brendan Connell's work was a short story (The Maker Of Fine Instruments) in the Tartarus Press anthology Strange Tales

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Appleseed by john clute Review and Opinion

2019/07/08

Appleseed
John Clute
Orbit paperback £6.99

review by Patrick Hudson

John Clute is a well-known SF critic, and his penetrating and precise criticism has appeared in SF journals since the 1960s - his early work appeared in New Worlds and he was one of the founders of Interzone. He is co-editor of The Encyclopedia Of Science Fiction

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Skinner Review and Opinion

2018/04/14

The Skinner
Neal Asher
Pan Macmillan paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

In The Skinner Neal Asher returns to the Polity, which was the setting for Gridlinked. It is a future he has been exploring for several years, and the time Asher has spent thinking about this universe really

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